How to Cultivate an Adventurous Spirit

Adventuring is not only a daily way to live your life, but it is also a state of mind. And because cultivating an adventurous spirit takes time, becoming an adventurer rarely happens in one day.  Whether an adventurous spirit is learned or natural, you can grow as an adventurer and stretch your wings in new and fun ways.

You don’t need to travel the world to be an adventurer. In fact, you can be adventurous and never leave your hometown, but it’s unlikely that you’ll cultivate an adventurous spirit and not want to visit a new place!
Here are a few ways to wake up your inner adventurer.

1. Check-in with Yourself

Understanding your goals for fostering a spirit of adventure means asking yourself some questions about your goals and hopes. You need to take a careful assessment of yourself with your strengths and weaknesses to determine the best ways to help yourself grow. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:


  1. Why do you want to become more adventurous?
  2. Are you seeking to grow emotionally?
  3. What will you gain by cultivating a spirit of adventure?
  4. Do you have something to prove?

2. Talk to Your Fears

Sometimes fear gets in the way of trying new things. When that’s the case, it’s important to identify your fears and provide possible solutions or plans to those fears. Plan small outings that push the boundaries of your fear and give you a chance to overcome those fears slowly. You can also learn about how to handle certain situations by speaking with others who have done the activity or trip before.

3. Mess Up Your Routine

While routines are great for life efficiency, doing something out of the ordinary can add extra flavor to your day. You don’t need to make big changes. It can be as simple as taking a different route to work or maybe trying a new restaurant. Another way to do something new is to intentionally get lost in your hometown and be open to trying interesting new places — you never know what you’ll discover.

4. Plan an Unplanned Outing

Choose a day or a few hours one day to just go exploring. Allow your curiosity to lead you and take the time to enjoy your surroundings. Maybe you can try to do things that you might not normally do, but this can be a super fun and relaxed way to be curious and adventurous.

5. Pocket Your Phone

Fully immerse yourself in the moment and don’t allow your technology to distract you from what’s around you. Eavesdrop on conversations; chat with the barista or bartender, and take time to observe the world around you. Phones and technology can be so useful in getting around, but they often keep us from engaging with the current moment.

6. Try New Music, A Hobby, or Fashion

Shake up your sense of normal by listening to a genre or artist that you’ve never heard before or borrow an article of clothing you might never choose for yourself. Branch out with a new hobby. These simple changes can push you out of your comfort zone and help you to explore that spirit of adventure in your daily living.

7. Ignore the Menu

Rather than choosing your meal from the menu, check out other tables and their orders. Select your meal based on someone else’s choice. Or ask your waiter to surprise you. If you’re not sure about being that adventurous, you could ask your waiter for their top three favorite meals and choose from one of those options.

8. Get Lost on Purpose

Okay, so you aren’t going to be really, truly lost. But be adventurous by going to a part of a city or neighborhood that you are less familiar with and explore. Wandering around this part of the city might reveal something new and wonderful, whether you discover delicious food or a cute boutique. Getting a little lost allows you to find yourself again in the safety of your hometown or home city.

9. Talk to Strangers

While “stranger danger” was an important rule while you were a child, it doesn’t really apply once you’re an adult. In fact, strangers can actually offer a lot of insight into a local area and provide great suggestions for restaurants, sites to see, and nearby activities. Sometimes strangers might also offer a great conversation or story for a few minutes or a half an hour.

Adventure is out there! How you choose to cultivate an adventurous spirit is up to you, but these are a few great tips to start with.

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